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dc.contributor.advisorCarroll, Kevin S.
dc.contributor.authorKobialka, Matthew D.
dc.description.abstractThis research is a case study of immigration issues in Hazleton, Pennsylvania from 2005 – 2006 in the lead-up to the passage of the Illegal Immigration Relief Act by the city. Using reporting data from the local newspaper, the Hazleton Standard-Speaker, qualitative data from the city, such as crime, census, and school district data, and a discourse analysis of letters-to-theeditor, an analysis was made using the Social Amplification of Risk framework, Social Identity Theory, and Realistic Group Conflict Theory. The research questions sought to find what role may the Standard-Speaker have played in the formation of public opinion about the Illegal Immigration Relief Act and the Official English Ordinance (IIRA) of 2006 in Hazleton, PA, how the reporting in the Standard-Speaker compared to the quantitative data, and how immigrants and immigration were portrayed in articles from the Standard Speaker about crime, language issues, education, and letters to the editor. Results showed that the newspaper likely may have played a role in shaping public opinion, particularly by amplifying threats of crime, while minimizing threats pertaining to education.
dc.description.abstractEsta investigación es un estudio de caso de cuestiones acerca de la inmigración en Hazleton, Pensilvania desde 2005 – 2006 en cuanto a la preparación a la aprobación del Acto de Alivio de la Inmigración Ilegal (Illegal Immigration Relief Act) por la ciudad. Usando data de la presentación de informes del periódico local, el Standard-Speaker de Hazleton, datos cualitativos de la cuidad, como crimen, el censo, y datos del distrito escolar, y un análisis del discurso en las cartas al editor, un análisis fue hecho usando la estructura de riesgo de amplificación social, la teoría identidad social, y la teoría conflicto en grupo realístico. Las tres preguntas buscaban descubrir si el Standard-Speaker pudo jugar un papel en el fomento de la opinión publica sobre el Acto de Alivio de la Inmigración Ilegal y la Ordenanza Oficial de Ingles (IIRA) de 2006 en Hazleton, PA, como los informes del periódico local comparaban a los datos cualitativos, y como inmigrantes e inmigración fueron representados en los artículos del Standard-Speaker sobre crimen, cuestiones de lenguaje, educación, y cartas al editor. Los resultados demostraron que el periódico posiblemente pudo haber jugado un papel en la formación de la opinión pública, particularmente al amplificar amenazas de crimen, mientras minimizando amenazas relacionadas a la educación.
dc.subjectEmigration and immigration-press coverageen_US
dc.subjectIllegal immigration relief act (IIRA)en_US
dc.subjectHazelton Standard Speakeren_US
dc.subject.lcshEmigration and immigration -- Social aspects -- Case studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshMass media and public opinionen_US
dc.subject.lcshMass media languageen_US
dc.subject.lcshImmigrants -- Hazleton (Pa.) -- Public opinionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshStandard-Speaker (Hazleton, Pa.)en_US
dc.titleImmigration and language threat in a local newspaper: A case study of Hazleton, Pennsylvaniaen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2012 Matthew D. Kobialkaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMazak, Catherine
dc.contributor.committeeFleck, Catherine
dc.contributor.representativeLanders, Matthew Educationen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences - Artsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US

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